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Best Practices in Global Research and Program Evaluation

By Sarah Wasch, MSW; Associate Director, The Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research—–Although the Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research focuses much of its work on child welfare and wellbeing in the United States, occasional opportunities for global collaboration become a natural fit for our portfolio.
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The Importance of Advocacy in Public Policy: A Social Worker’s Role

By Richard Wren, Field Center MSW Intern—–Legislative advocacy can mean different things to everyone. Engaging with advocacy can include social media posts, writing a letter to elected officials, calling or emailing their offices, attending committee hearings at the capitol, and so much more.
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Breaking Down Haaland v. Brackeen

By Jamie Suk, Field Center Lerner Fellow in Child Welfare Policy—–On November 9, 2022, The Supreme Court heard the oral argument for Haaland v. Brackeen, a case representing a fight for Native children, Native families, and Tribal Nations against a constitutional challenge to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).
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Expert Recommendations on Improving Services to Youth Aging Out of Foster Care: Lessons from the Pandemic and Beyond

By Sarah Wasch, MSW, Field Center Associate Director—–Last year, I joined a research team at the Field Center to examine the mental health challenges experienced by older youth in and aged out of foster care during COVID-19 and the buffers they employed to regulate their emotions.
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Brackeen v. Holland Heads to the Supreme Court – Will ICWA’s Constitutionality be Upheld?

By Nimo Ali, Lerner Fellow in Child Welfare Policy—–All eyes will be on the Supreme Court this fall when it hears arguments on the high-profile dispute over the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act. Seven months ago, both sides submitted petitions to the Supreme Court for review, seeking greater clarity on…
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Recovery From COVID: Perspectives from Young Adults with Foster Care Experience

By Sarah Wasch, MSW and Johanna Greeson, PhD; Field Center Program Manager and Managing Faculty Director—–As the COVID pandemic enters its third year of impact, donors and foundation funders may face uncertainty about how to ensure a more just recovery from COVID-19. The 2022 High Impact Giving Guide from the Center for High Impact Philanthropy (CHIP)…